ARLINGTON -- Lance Berkman returned to the Rangers' lineup Wednesday as the designated hitter against the Mariners. Berkman hit sixth in the order after missing four games with a sore right knee after slipping on the stairs of the team plane. Berkman hit on the field with the team Wednesday and said he felt good.
"We'll see how it goes in live game action, but during [batting practice], there were no problems," Berkman said.
Berkman has played two of the last 11 games. He entered Wednesday 19-of-96 in his last 25 games, dropping his batting average from .309 to .263. With Berkman back in the lineup, the Rangers had five consecutive left-handed hitters against right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez.
Ogando to make rehab start Saturday at Triple-A
ARLINGTON -- Alexi Ogando is scheduled to make a rehab assignment start on Saturday for Triple-A Round Rock. Ogando will throw about 45 pitches in the start against Omaha.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Ogando came out of a live batting practice session fine on Wednesday. The hitters Ogando faced included Jurickson Profar and Engel Beltre. Ogando has been on the disabled list since May 16 with right biceps tendonitis. He'll likely have at least two rehab assignments before getting activated..
Red-hot Martin to remain low in Rangers' lineup
ARLINGTON -- Leonys Martin has been the Rangers' hottest hitter in the last month. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games Tuesday, the longest by a Ranger this season.
"He's been hitting the ball in the gaps," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Right now, he's not missing his pitches when they're giving it to him. I think when you have a hitting streak, that's what happens. He's putting them in play. His bunts have been keeping him afloat also."
His hitting streak has occurred while in the eighth or ninth spot in the lineup, and Washington doesn't have plans to change his spot in the order.
"There's nowhere else I can move him," Washington said. "He's going to stay there. I'll move him at some point maybe if someone at the top is out and I think he can fit in there, but right now he's doing a good job there. I'm not going to mess with it."
Along with his hitting streak, Martin became the third Ranger ever with steals in five consecutive games Tuesday. He's tied with the third-longest steals streak in the Majors this season, as Martin has successfully swiped 15 straight bases without getting caught.
"He's doing a good job picking it up," Washington said. "He's running the bases with reckless abandon. You can see how reckless he was last night."
Berkman to donate fire truck to city of West
ARLINGTON -- Lance Berkman, with the help of the of the City of Arlington Fire Department, will donate a fire truck to the West Volunteer Fire Department Saturday during the City of West Night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The fire truck was on display Wednesday before the game, sporting the Texas Rangers Foundation logo, Berkman's name and his No. 27 jersey number.
"It's unbelievable; you just can't imagine a destruction on that level," Berkman said of the fertilizer explosion on April 17. "I haven't been there personally and seen the devastation first hand, but from all accounts it's an unimaginable type of explosion that leveled several city blocks. I don't think I can tell you I've experienced anything like that to even know what it would be like."
Berkman received a tour of the fire truck by Arlington Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Bill McQuatters, who also helped Nelson Cruz find a fire truck to donate to his home village in the Dominican Republic last year.
"We shipped it here and stored it in one of our stations," McQuatters said. "The guys at the station started waxing it, cleaning it up to make it look good."
McQuatters said he has gathered some equipment to donate for the fire truck, but Berkman plans to supply the funds for the rest of the equipment.
The donation will be part of the pregame presentation Saturday. The Rangers expect over 5,000 residents and first responders from West in attendance. All donations collected during Saturday's Rangers Baseball Tomorrow Equipment Drive will benefit the Legacy West Education Foundation to help youth programs in West. Fans can drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to any entrance from 4:00-6:45 p.m. CT.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association will make a $100,000 donation toward the relief efforts and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will donate $40,000 to the West City Council. The Rangers will wear a "Support West" patch for the game, and the jerseys will be raffled off to raise funds for the relief efforts.
• Joe Nathan was named Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month for June on Wednesday. He appeared in 14 games in June and converted on all 11 save opportunities.
• The Rangers went four straight games without a home run entering Wednesday's contest before David Murphy and Ian Kinsler hit home runs in the fifth inning. It's the longest streak since the Rangers went five games without a home run on April 11-16, 2011.
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.